Overview of Resources

Below are online resources that may assist you in your research on John F. Kennedy and the Kennedy presidency. For more information please contact Kennedy.Library@nara.gov or 617.514.1629. Have a research question? Ask an Archivist!

JFKWHP-AR6560-A (crop): President Kennedy Addresses Audience at George Washington University, 3 May 1961

Kennedy Library Resources: John F. Kennedy Speeches

Transcriptions of approximately 650 speeches given by John F. Kennedy during his congressional, senatorial, and presidential years, with links to related materials from our digital collections, where available.

JFKWHP-AR7595-B (crop): President Kennedy at News Conference, 20 November 1962

Kennedy Library Resources: Library Research FAQ

Answers to frequently asked questions about research at the Kennedy Library, including how to access our collections, how to submit Mandatory Review requests, and more.

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Kennedy Library Resources: Online Ready Reference

Information frequently requested by researchers, including: biographical information about Kennedy Administration officials and staff; legislation passed or proposed during the Kennedy presidency; information about Kennedy family members; selected quotations by John F. Kennedy; presidential news conferences and press coverage; and other helpful resources.

JFKWHP-ST-C100-1-61 (crop): President Kennedy Speaks at Press Conference (Left: Maps of Laos Identify "Communist Rebel Areas" as of March 22, 1961), 23 March 1961

Kennedy Library Resources: Online Research Guides

A selection of detailed guides on topics of interest to researchers. The guides bring together a range of archival materials on given subjects and are an excellent place to begin any research project.

NARA Resources: Online Public Access (OPA)

NARA Resources: Archival Research Catalog (ARC)

Public online catalog for searching archival materials across the National Archives, including its presidential libraries.

NARA Resources: Executive Orders

NARA Resources: Executive Orders

Executive Orders signed by President John F. Kennedy (National Archives and Records Administration).

NARA Resources: Online Public Access (OPA)

NARA Resources: Online Public Access (OPA)

Public online catalog for searching books and other published materials across the National Archives, including its presidential libraries.

NARA Resources: President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection

NARA Resources: President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection

Approximately 2,000 cubic feet of material related to the assassination of President Kennedy, including documents, photographs, moving images, sound recordings, and artifacts.

JFKWHP-AR6372-A (crop): President Kennedy Meets with Director of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) J. Edgar Hoover and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, 23 February 1961

Outside Resources: FBI Files

Access to the FBI files of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., Robert F. Kennedy, and Edward M. Kennedy.

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Outside Resources: Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS)

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1961-1963, Volumes I-XXV (U.S. Department of State).

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Outside Resources: Public Papers of the Presidents

Public Papers of the Presidents, produced by the American Presidency Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara.